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Getting my running mojo back in the rain

2 Dec

We’ve had shocking storms in Brisbane the last week or so. But whilst our house has been damaged and we are waiting for repairs something positive came out of it. I got my running mojo back!

I have found in the last few months getting back into running after having my baby has not been as easy as I thought and I haven’t been that motivated. I found when running outside or on the treadmill that I had plateaued and I didn’t feel i was improving. So anyway…

Running in the Rain - the girl that runs

I managed to find somewhere to shelter but it wasn’t the best day to be running outside!

I was out running with baby M in the Baby Jogger before my PT session and the heavens opened and it absolutely threw it down. I was right out in the open and there was no shelter. I managed to stand out of the rain eventually and it just rained and rained and rained. I was contemplating cancelling PT because I didn’t think I’d get there in time –  but something switched inside of me – that old familiar focussed running drive – saying ‘come on just sprint and push through the pain and the rain – suck it up’.

There was a couple standing sheltering nearby watching me probably wondering what is she going to do with the baby in the rain. Baby M was fine by the way – he was bone dry whereas I was like a drowned rat! So I looked at them, smiled, put my running face on and sprinted in what i can only describe as torrential rain for a good KM. It felt great to push through that pain barrier and sprint hard. I raced into the shops and by the time I came out the rain had stopped and I went to PT but had I not sprinted and been in the rain I never would have realised that I’m stronger than I thought and my strength was always there I just had to find it again! So here’s to another good week of running!

happy running 🙂


Tips for staying motivated when injured or unable to train

15 Nov

This week has been another interesting week with my second cortisone injection in my other wrist. This one hurt a lot more than the first and I have been on a bit of a downer wondering what’s going to happen next! My wrist seems to be improving but I haven’t been able to do anything – my family have been helping whilst I rested but being an active person it has been very frustrating and I even froze my gym membership for a week or so to get a bit of rest – I can still run but I have to run a bit funny so my wrist doesn’t pull so I decided to rest!

I guess what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and sometimes things that happen to slow you down are actually a good thing and force you to realise perhaps you needed the rest – so all good.

I was hoping to get a race in before Christmas but it’s unlikely now and I am actually ok with that. I’m intending to start running outside more with the Baby Jogger now bub is old enough so I can’t wait once my wrist is strong enough.

It's hard when we are unable to train but keeping positive and upbeat is the key.

It’s hard when we are unable to train but keeping positive and upbeat is the key.

4 Tips to stay motivated when injured or unable to train 

It’s not forever

Often we see hurdles and setbacks as the end of the world and a real killjoy. I know with being pregnant, then being injured I have certainly felt that way. I don’t think I had ever not trained for so long and it drove me nuts. Friends that I had disappeared as I no longer had those things in common and I felt quite isolated. Often we learn a lot from these experiences and just remember it isn’t forever.

Cruel to be Kind 

In not training because of an injury or health issue or even pregnancy you have to remember it is for a specific reason. It’s not like you just can’t be bothered – there is a specific reason and you should remember that. Running with an injury would be pretty silly just as running when pregnant unless your doctor has given you the all clear.

Other Opportunities

Take the time to use the time for other opportunities – get that book read or call your friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while and enjoy the time off as if you are anything like me when you eventually get back to training you will work extra hard to make up for lost time!

Set a goal for when back training 

When I was pregnant I set all sorts of goals for when my baby was born to give me some motivation to push through the pregnancy. I know dead on week 12 I signed up to a new gym and started slowly getting back into training. I bought a few new gym clothes and was very excited about getting back so I had something to look forward to – but that’s just me – you might have other ideas but it helped me to keep going. I know when I go back to the gym in a matter of days I have set myself some goals to really get myself back into training and a couple of targets which if I don’t make them I’ll get over – but I’m being positive that  I will achieve them!

Anyway onwards and upwards – have a great week of running!

Zoe 🙂

Exercising with no car and a baby!

29 Jul

Hope you had a good week last week. I was so proud of myself as I did my first run – it was very slow and very short but I did it 🙂 I think I did 20 mins in total of walking for one minute and running for another at 9km p/h – not much and quite slow but a start 🙂 it’s hard to do too much cardio at the moment when breast feeding but getting there.

The week continued to go well with my trying all sorts of different classes at the gym such as CX Works – an awesome ab class, a boxercise class, Body Combat and RPM. For the first time in a long time I felt really good.

The weekend was interesting and took turn for the worst when my car clutch and gears died! Thankfully we managed to pull over and slow down but had to be towed back to the mechanics and my little car is now sat waiting to be fixed. As a result however I suddenly realised I wouldn’t be able to go to the gym and I haven’t really started running again properly otherwise I would have run outside – then realised I couldn’t anyway  as baby M is still in his capsule so I can’t use my baby jogger until he is out of that.

So I attempted to train using my XBox at home doing the Nike training program. It turned out to be a bit of a farce since baby M didn’t play ball! 


I found myself every minute or so soothing him or sticking his dummy in his mouth much to his amusement as I can’t let him cry out too long at the moment and wouldn’t have been able to hear the instructor anyway! I did manage to do a few squats and some sit ups but it didn’t go as well as I hoped. It was quite funny looking back at it but you really had to be there. 

I realised how much my life has changed since having a baby and how even simple things like exercise I had to alter when I can’t get to the gym. 

I thought about what things would work in future if I couldn’t get to the gym and have listed below. If you can think of anymore feel free to post your ideas in the comments box below!

Some ideas for training with baby 

Walk outside with the stroller – I do this most days and wander around the neighbourhood where I live. If you aren’t good with your own company then invite a friend. You could also use your baby backpack/front pack such as the Baby Ergo (i have one of these), Baby Bjorn etc

Max buggy

Train at home – I have weights, my XBox and technically don’t even need a gym membership 🙂 Timing is the most important as I found out – preferably train when baby is asleep 🙂

Train with baby – There are lots of classes for mum and bub these days as well as exercises you can do at home involving your baby – see these two articles from Good Housekeeping and for some ideas.

Again these are just recommendations and my opinions – I’m no expert and it’s always good to consult with a doctor or physician before starting exercise.


Baby Max has arrived

21 May

Sorry – long time no talk! I haven’t written anything in a week or three as our baby finally arrived!

He arrived!!

max hospital

Max was born at the end of April – it was a fairly quick labour and nice and pain free thanks to the epidural I made sure I had! I read lots of articles about having a fully natural labour and decided not being great with pain I would reduce the stress on me and Max and go for pain relief. Very thankful I did – although the administering of the epidural was not the best!

I have to say the pregnancy was a shocker but worth every last ounce of nausea, reflux, back pain etc for what I got in return. My friend who is also my doctor said to me that the pregnancy was worse than the birth as the birth is like a marathon to get through in one day whereas the pregnancy is nine months of discomfort! She was so right!  My stomach muscles certainly got some use in the labour and I just imagined I was in an exercise class and pushed as hard as I could and he was out within 12 pushes :-)My little boy is the most precious thing I have ever seen and we are delighted as parents that everything went ok.

I spent a few emotional days looking at Max in amazement that he was finally born and felt so great – no more sickness yay! We’ve spent the last 2 weeks sleeping when we can, feeding him and helping him get to sleep – it’s certainly been a challenge as I am sure any mums reading will know 🙂

Gearing back up to train!

Max buggy

First day out with max in the babyjogger – it was so good just to get out and start to feel ready to train again.

Fitness wise I am raring to go. Thanks to a natural birth I have pretty much recovered, belly has gone down – still a little way to go but I was amazed at how quickly belly disappeared and I am back into my first trimester maternity clothes and not worrying too much right now about getting all the weight off. I have an appointment with my obstetricians physio then hoping I will be signed off to start to slowly get back into training! I’m a bit nervous as I haven’t run in a very long time but I am looking forward to putting my trainers on and giving it a go. Going to join a gym again and I recently took Max out for a little walk in the stroller which was great. He seemed to like it and I loved just getting out and about and feeling like I was ready to start training again 🙂

Rave products helping me at the moment 

I have found some products invaluable to me at this time helping me with my postpartum recovery and just having a baby in general. Here are my top 5.

1. SRC Recovery Shorts 

These are amazing and I will review in more detail in a separate post. They are great for both natural birth recovery or C section recovery and I am convinced they have helped everything to go down a bit more i.e. my tummy and also for my ability to walk easier and not be in discomfort.

2. Ultimate Sleep Breast Feeding Pillow 

Again I will write a separate post on this but having already tried two other pillows this pillow which is endorsed by the Australian Breastfeeding Association is so comfortable to use and also great to just stick in the washing machine when it gets dirty – very handy!

3. Lansinoh – my saviour! Nipple cream (sorry to any men reading this! might be too much information!)

Lansinoh has been awesome in keeping me sane and helping me to recover from the toe curling start of breast feeding when baby decides to bite the hell out of those sensitive parts of the breast!

4. Baby Cam 🙂

My husband installed a baby cam by Max’s bassinet so that when I pop out and he is looking after him I can check my phone and see him sleeping – priceless 🙂 I love being able to check on him at all times!

5. Exercise Ball

My exercise ball has been very helpful for both mobility for me – getting me used to just moving a bit again and also bouncing Max gently when he doesn’t want to sleep 🙂

Anyway I’ll be trying to write more frequently to keep you posted with my journey back to fitness – happy running! Here’s just one more photo of Max from his proud mumma!


The Size of a Cow….. well that’s how I feel anyway!

18 Mar

I don’t know if you have heard of the Wonderstuff – but they were one of my favourite bands in the 80s and they sang a song called “The Size of a Cow!” and lately that’s been on my mind when I look at my ever expanding baby belly! I can’t see my feet anymore and my husband has to put my socks on and help me with my shoes when we take the dog for a walk! It’s all for a great cause but been a bit frustrating!

Sleeping has been a challenge between my constant requirement to go to the toilet and struggling to get comfortable on my side – but it’s not long now!! I’ve had a little bit of swelling in my legs and things are starting to be pretty uncomfortable now.

Pregnancy really has been like training for a marathon like I said in one of my earlier posts, but I have the big day to come and rather than the recovery – that’s when the real work begins – I can’t wait :-D. I’m a little bit nervous about labour and I watched the movie ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ and realise I wont be the character in it that sneezes and the baby pops out! My GP said to me that labour was like running a marathon – one tough day and then it’s done and it’s the pregnancy that’s hard so I am keeping that at the back of my mind. Cow

We’re pretty much set – just parents in waiting… the Baby Jogger is set up, the bassinet is in place, the car seat capsule thing is being fitted tomorrow, nappies are ready – we are just waiting for our little guest to arrive in 6 weeks or less hopefully.

Post baby weight

I’ve been reading lots of running blogs lately and there have been lots of races going on and I feel like for the last year it has been another world – reading and writing about running but not actually doing it. I am starting to feel a bit pressured into post baby and getting the weight off but friends have been supportive and have been giving me lots of advice to not rush things. There is a lot of pressure with celebrities seeming to lose every ounce of their baby fat once the baby comes out but in the real world I don’t think it works like that – so I am going to try and do things slowly and sensibly and enjoy having my baby and get back into training gradually.

Anyway that’s it for now. Have a great week of running – I’ll be doing the same soon – yay!

Baby Strollers and new challenges in 2014!

2 Jan

Well it is the 2nd January and we are in 2014! Can’t believe how quickly in some ways last year went, although it did drag at times too when I really was fighting against not being able to train – but hey I have 4 months and my baby will be born and I can start my slow route back to getting fit again 🙂

Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. Mine was pretty uneventful and I didn’t manage to stay awake to see 2014 in!

I’m kind of excited about this year – with our first baby being due and the fact that my life is going to really change. My friends have been amazing during this time and my fits of being grumpy because I couldn’t train as normal due to doctors orders and being sick, and I am thankful to those of you that read this blog that have sent messages of support 🙂

So what’s on the agenda now? (warning lots of baby talk below!)

Baby Jogger?

I never thought I would say it but I am excited to be going pram shopping at the weekend.

I think I have chosen – the Baby Jogger – just not sure which model yet – one that I can run with I told the lady in the store. She recommended the Baby Jogger, The Iron Man or the BOB brand. I ruled out the Iron Man as that one was truly just for running and nothing else and I don’t think my husband would be happy buying me a $700 buggy plus another decent one around the same price too that I can use for non running.

We checked reviews and also I have had my baby buggy radar on. I hbabyjogger copyave even been stopping people in the shopping malls and streets asking them what they think of their buggy and the Baby Jogger seems to win hands down! I saw 7 Baby Joggers in an hour the other week when shopping at Sunshine Plaza on the coast – it has to be a sign 🙂

I found the Baby Jogger to be so comfortable and light, and to fold it up you literally grab the middle of the seat where there is a handle and shake it and it all collapses and folds up. Of course without the baby in it!

I can’t run with baby until he is 6 months old but I figure walking round the Lake here will suffice and get me used to the stroller and then when I want to run I can go to the gym until I can run with baby outside 🙂

I ditched Baby yoga classes as I can’t stay awake that late anymore and it’s a 30 minute drive away so have been doing at home as well as walking (or the dog walking me at the moment) the dog.

I’m starting to have more energy than I have for a long time but still get tired after 30 mins exercise so I am not going to push it!

Anyway that’s me all done for now but hope your training is going well and more posts coming soon. I have a few product reviews to post as well as some recipes so will do in the next week or so.